[Marxism] "Cuba does not recognize the Transitional National Council"

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 4 18:37:43 MDT 2011

The original says:
El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores ha procedido a retirar a su
personal diplomático en Libia, donde la intervención extranjera y la
agresión militar de la OTAN han agudizado el conflicto, y han impedido
al pueblo libio avanzar hacia una solución negociada y pacífica, en
pleno ejercicio de su autodeterminación.
Which Yoshie translates as:
Foreign Ministry of Cuba has withdrawn its diplomatic staff from
Libya, where foreign intervention and NATO military aggression has
exacerbated the conflict and prevented the Libyan people from
advancing toward a peaceful negotiated solution, in full exercise of
their self-determination.
I.e. Cuba is not blaming the Libyan people, but rather NATO for
impeding what Cuba believes (wrongly) might have otherwise been a
negotiated solution by the Libyan people.
 Although lord knows Castro has been bad enough on Libya that the
Brecht quote could certainly apply in a more general way.
And it certainly applies to neoStalinists in the US, which is why the
Brecht quote was my signature line for weeks.

On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 7:31 PM, Matthew Russo <russo.matthew9 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> "and the Libyan people have impeded progress towards a negotiated and
> peaceful solution, in the exercise of self-determination."  I had to read
> this three times to ensure that the meaning would not be inadvertently
> distorted by quoting a phrase out of context.  Nope, unless the translation
> is bad, it literally means what it says:
> "Wäre es da Nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung Löste das Volk auf und
> Wählte ein anderes?"
> (Ironically this classic of Brecht was pulled off MRzine!)
> If so, fie on the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Cuba for not
> recognizing the Libyan people's right of self-determination!
> -Matt
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